Captain Ramius comes out of the same stall as when successful under Pat Smullen 12 months ago. He has 5lb more to carry but should again beat second Regal Parade, who is hard to predict nowadays. Louis The Pious, Hawkeyethenoo and 2011 winner Our Jonathan all finished in mid-division last year but the latter races off a much lower mark this time around, though has been very disappointing this season. MASS RALLY beat Highland Colori by a short-head in the consolation Silver Cup last year with stablemate Spinatrix fourth and Hamza sixth. He's better off with that trio and looked as good as ever when edging out Nocturn at York in the spring. Only beaten a head by Jack Dexter off level weights in a Group 3 at Newcastle in June, this is much more his cup of tea and he'll be threat to all if Paul Mulrennan can find the gaps again when it matters. As well as Captain Ramius and Hamza, Kevin Ryan also saddles Bogart and Royal Ascot winner Lightning Cloud while Tropics has been a revelation this summer and beat Nocturn in a Listed contest at Newmarket last time. Lover Man had Humidor behind when winning at Maisons-Lafitte in June while Hasopop is a decent three-year-old and Baccarat mowed down Spinatrix in the Great Wilfrid at Ripon, which is always a competitive affair. Hoof It, a former Stewards' Cup winner, was third in the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock two weeks ago so has to be considered and Khubala could also run well off what looks a decent mark. Ascot second Gabriel's Lad and Irish raider Joe Eile are possibly best of the rest.
Jack Dexter 4-5fav (9-3) Tracked leaders, driven and headway inside final 2f, ridden 1f out, stayed on to lead final 50 yards, held on near finish, won at Newcastle 6f Grp 3 (1) gs in Jun beating Mass Rally (9-3) by hd, 7 ran.
Hamza (IRE) 25-1 (9-3) Close up, ridden and every chance 2f out, weakened final furlong, 7th of 13, 7l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Tropics (USA) 2-1fav (9-0) Held up in touch, headway over 1f out, led inside final furlong, driven out, ran on well, won at Newmarket 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gs in Aug beating Nocturn (9-0) by 1l, 7 ran.
Hoof It 33-1 (9-3) Led, ridden and headed over 1f out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 13, 4l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Hawkeyethenoo (IRE) 22-1 (9-3) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on towards finish, never a factor, 4th of 13, 4 1/2l behind Gordon Lord Byron (9-3) at Haydock 6f Grp 1 (1) gs.
Spinatrix 9-1 (8-10) Led overall far side, ridden over 1f out, ran on, headed close home, 2nd of 20, nk behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Mass Rally (IRE) 7-1 (9-0) Dwelt held up, ridden 2f out, never a factor, 10th of 12, 8l behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Captain Ramius (IRE) 22-1 (9-8) Raced far side, held up, never on terms, 14th of 20, 9l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Highland Colori (IRE) 9-4 (8-11) Tracked leader, switched right to race alone against stand side rail 2f out, led entering final furlong, ran on well, won at Warwick 7f cond Stakes (3) gd in Aug beating Es Que Love (8-11) by 1 1/2l, 4 ran.
Hasopop (IRE) 20-1 (9-5) Held up in touch centre, switched toward far side and headway 2f out, soon ridden, stayed on inside final furlong, went 3rd post, not reach front pair, 3rd of 17, 1 1/4l behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
Humidor (IRE) 7-4 (8-9) In rear and outpaced, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 5, 2l behind Noble Storm (8-9) at Leicester 5f cond Stakes (3) gf.
Bogart 11-1 (9-8) Prominent, ridden 2f out, weakened final furlong, 14th of 21, 8l behind Angels Will Fall (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs.
Nocturn 5-1 (9-0) Tracked leader, ridden and every chance over 1f out, weakened final furlong, 8th of 12, 5l behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Duke Of Firenze 9-1 (9-1) Mid-division, headway over 1f out, faded final furlong, 10th of 17, 5l behind Moviesta (8-12) at Goodwood 5f Grp 2 (1) gd in Aug.
Lover Man (IRE) 14-1 (9-2) won at Maisons-Laffitte(FR) 5f Listed stks (1) gs in Jun beating Mister Ryan (9-2) by shd, 8 ran.
Baccarat (IRE) 9-2fav (8-9) Raced far side, chased leaders, went 2nd in group and overall over 1f out, ran on under pressure to lead close home, won at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug beating Spinatrix (8-10) by nk, 20 ran.
Red Dubawi (IRE) 16-1 (9-13) Soon behind, 12th towards stand's side 1f out, ran on without threatening under pressure final furlong, 8th of 13, 4 1/2l behind My Good Brother (8-9) at Curragh 5f hcp gd.
Gabriel's Lad (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Behind centre, switched towards far side rail and headway 2f out, ridden to challenge and every chance inside final furlong, kept on, just held, 2nd of 17, nk behind Redvers (9-0) at Ascot 7f hcp (2) gd.
Khubala (IRE) (9-4) 6th of 13, 6l behind Giant Sandman (9-4) at Baden-Baden(GER) 6f Grp 3 (1) gd in Aug.
Joe Eile (IRE) 12-1 (9-6) Stall broken open briefly before race, soon mid-division, no extra from over 1f out, 18th of 21, 8l behind Whozthecat (8-6) at Curragh 5f hcp gf in Jul.
Lightning Cloud (IRE) 12-1 (9-0) In touch, ridden and slightly outpaced over 1f out, ran on towards finish, not reach leaders, 4th of 12, 1 1/4l behind Hallelujah (8-9) at York 6f Listed stks 3yo (1) gd.
Dubawi Sound 8-1 (9-5) Led overall in centre, ridden and headed over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 14, 4l behind Sir Reginald (8-10) at Doncaster 6f hcp 105 (2) gs.
Louis The Pious 8-1 (9-1) Raced far side, held up, driven over 1f out, stayed on inside final furlong, never going pace to threaten, 12th of 20, 7l behind Baccarat (8-9) at Ripon 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Heaven's Guest (IRE) 16-1 (8-12) Held up in mid-division driven on outside over 2f out, soon beaten, 14th of 18, 9l behind Magic City (8-13) at Goodwood 7f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Regal Parade 20-1 (8-12) Slow into stride in rear, ridden 2f out, kept on towards finish, 6th of 11, 7l behind Clockmaker (8-11) at Chester 1m hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Our Jonathan 9-1 (9-3) Dwelt held up, never on terms, 12th of 21, 7l behind Angels Will Fall (9-2) at Doncaster 6f hcp (2) gs.
Majestic Myles (IRE) 20-1 (9-10) Always towards rear, behind final 2f, never a factor, last of 17, 14l behind Bogart (9-7) at York 5f hcp 105 (2) gf in Aug.